OUR SIGHT IS is a wonderful gift from God. We marvel at the beauty of a sunrise and sunset. We can gaze upon the brilliant colors of spring flowers. How tragic it must be to have never seen the light of day. Yet there is a far greater tragedy than physical blindness. In John 8: 12, Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Then in verse 13, the Pharisees challenged him, “Here you are appearing as you own witness; your testimony is not valid.”
Because of their spiritual blindness they could not understand the true meaning of what Jesus was saying to them. Only when Jesus was crucified would the vail of blindness be lifted from their eyes and ours. In John 28, Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you know that I am the one I claim be and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me. 29 The one that sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what please him.” 30 Even as he spoke many put their faith in him. 31 The Jew who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
You see, Jesus is more concerned about who truly believes in Him and will follow Him as His disciples. But man, you and I, are often more concerned about the sin we see in others. Let’s look at the story of a blind man who Jesus healed.
In John 9:1 Jesus meets a man who was blind from birth. 2 Jesus’ disciples asked Him who’s sin caused this man’s blindness, his or his parents? How Jesus answered his disciples is nothing short of amazing. 3 Neither this man nor his parents sinned,”said Jesus, “but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life. 4 As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. 5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” Then, Jesus spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes and told him to go wash in the Pool of Siloam which means sent.
In John 9:22-33, the Jewish leaders interrogated the healed man’s parents. But his parent’s fearing that they would be kicked out of the church said, “He is of age; ask him.” The Pharisees demanded for a second time that the beggar explain how he was healed. “Give the glory to God,” they told him. We know this man Jesus is a sinner. The healed man replied, “Whether a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!”
Finally the healed man said, “I have told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples, too? Then they hurled insults at him and said, you are this fellow’s disciple! We are disciples of Moses! We don’t even know where this fellow comes from. The healed beggar thought that this was remarkable and explained; that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly man who does his will. Jesus had healed him and no one ever heard of the opening the eyes of a man born blind. Jesus could do nothing if he were not from God.
Later in the story, Jesus heard that the church had thrown the blind man out. Jesus went to the blind man and he said, 36 Who is he sir? The man asked. Tell me so that I may believe in him. 37 Jesus said you have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you. 38 Then the man said, Lord, I believe, and he worshiped him. The blind man illustrates that those who are blind often see clearly, while those with sight see nothing at all. Jesus was sent by God to redeemed mankind. The, once, blind beggar is now being sent by the Son of God to make disciples.
THE MAN … THE MISSION
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
HOW TO TELL GOD IS WORKING IN YOUR LIFE?
How can you tell when the work of God has taken place in a person’s life? They will share the good news with others and testify about Jesus. The Pharisees and religious leaders ignored their own spiritual blindness and sin, yet they continued to LOOK FOR SIN in others. Sin, not only in the healed blind beggar’s life, but also in the life of Jesus.
MEN LOOK FOR SIN, JESUS LOOKS FOR DISCIPLES
This is proof that the Pharisees chose the law over grace and mercy which Jesus offered. They were more concerned with the law being that the healing had taken place on the Sabbath day and discrediting the Son of God. Men look for sin while Jesus looks for disciples who will testify of the goodness of God.
Jesus always looks pass our faults (sin) to see our needs. The blind man was healed and sent to those who were walking in spiritual darkness to be a light by testifying of the one who was the light of the world and the light of life. The Religious leaders and many of the people only noticed the physical change but totally ignored the spiritual transformation.
We need to start investing in the kingdom of God instead of the kingdom men. Let us not look for sin in others and spread condemnation. Jesus did not come to condemn, but to saved that which was lost and to free those from a life style of sin. We are all sinners saved by grace. Jesus was more concerned with the making of disciples then the pointing out of sin. Likewise, so should we.
If you desire to know God you must come through His Son Jesus who died for the sin of the world. Believe on the name of Jesus and you will be saved.